Isaiah’s Legacy by Mesu Andrews: Book Review
About the Book:
Title: Isaiah’s Legacy
Author: Mesu Andrews
Genre: Biblical Fiction
Release Date: February 18, 2020
The drama of the Old Testament comes to life as Judah’s most notorious king ascends to the throne in this gripping novel from the award-winning author of Isaiah’s Daughter.
At eight years old, Shulle has known only life in a small village with her loving but peculiar father. When Uncle Shebna offers shelter in Jerusalem in exchange for Shulle’s help tutoring King Manasseh, Judah’s five-year-old co-regent who displays the same peculiarities as her father, she’s eager to experience the royal court. But Shulle soon realizes the limits of her father’s strict adherence to Yahweh’s Law when Uncle Shebna teaches her of the starry hosts and their power.
Convinced Judah must be freed from Yahweh’s chains, she begins the subtle swaying of young Manasseh, using her charm and skills on the boy no one else understands. When King Hezekiah dies, twelve-year-old Manasseh is thrust onto Judah’s throne, bitter at Yahweh and eager to marry the girl he adores. Assyria’s crown prince favors Manasseh and twists his brilliant mind toward cruelty, beginning Shulle’s long and harrowing journey to discover the Yahweh she’d never known, guided with loving wisdom by Manasseh’s mother: Isaiah’s daughter, the heartbroken Hephzibah. Amid Judah’s dark days, a desperate remnant emerges, claiming the Lord’s promise, “Though we’re helpless now, we’re never hopeless–because we serve El Shaddai.” Shulle is among them, a girl who becomes a queen through Isaiah’s legacy.
The greatest prodigal son story I’ve ever read. I’ve seen a meme going around that perfectly sums up this statement. It doesn’t matter what you’ve done, just come home. That’s what God wants from us. He just wants us to come home.
Isaiah’s Legacy is one of those stories that you can’t inhale in one short read. This one takes time to absorb and appreciate. I had to stop every few chapters and simply let the story sink in. Beautifully poignant but with a sharp edge of truth, this is one story you’ll be thinking about long after the final page is done.
Shulle and Nassah have their faults. Some of their troubles have been foisted upon them, and some they have made for themselves. The dedication and care Mesu Andrews awards their story is critical in their redemption. To see how far each is willing to go, and how low their rock bottom, brings the reader the ability to see beyond the evil they’ve done and recognize a hurting heart.
I requested a copy of this book from WaterBrook and Multnomah. I was not required to leave a positive review. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own.